I have consistently found the CiviCRM community to be welcoming, inclusive and supportive, and this has inspired me to want to become a part of it. It is great that the open source community allows everyone to benefit from the contributions that each of us is able to make, and I am making my own contributions as I can.
As a software product, CiviCRM is powerful, versatile and extensible and is enjoying active development and growth by the community that uses it.
I am trying to build a stronger End-user community withing CiviCRM to increase cooperation among non-profits using CiviCRM in similar ways. Going to CiviCRON and being a part of the community at the conference has made me want to make the End-user community more robust. I think the open-source and non-profit focused nature of CiviCRM lends itself to strong community building as is an aspect of CiviCRM that is exciting!
I continue to choose CiviCRM because it is open source and geared toward non-profit organizations. It meets both my CRM and advocacy functionality needs, without forcing forcing me to synch two different systems. And it does not force my non-profit users to think in sales terms (leads, opportunities, etc.). I find the CiviCRM community knowledgeable and responsive, and I like being part of a development community where its members want to share information.
Submitted by SarahGladstone on February 16, 2014 - 07:38
Have you ever needed to send an email from CiviCRM that includes a list of upcoming events? Then you know how much fun the copy/paste effort this entails, especially if you want to use a checksum in the links to register. Plus you know you get to repeat the whole exciting process for the next newsletter the following week or month. Or if you have someone else you need to train on this task, try explaining to a non-technical person how to hand-edit the URL query string to include the checksum paramaters.
Submitted by Peter Haight on October 11, 2013 - 15:45
We've started to look into changing how objects get persisted in CiviCRM and what can we do to make things easier for people extending CiviCRM. Part of our approach is to try and integrate Doctrine into CiviCRM.
Submitted by andrewhunt on September 27, 2013 - 13:46
One of our clients was wrestling with getting WordPress events to display within their event calendar, and I finally had enough. We really just needed a simple WordPress widget that displays upcoming CiviCRM events.
Submitted by SarahGladstone on September 6, 2013 - 06:28
There is a new native extension available for allowing parents to register their children for events within CiviEvent. Tired of using custom data fields on a child to collect information about their parents and emergency contacts? Would you like the information collected during the event registration to create ( or update ) the various contact records needed in the back-office? Then this is the extension for you.
Submitted by Alternativas y ... on August 15, 2013 - 13:31
We learned that there was a need to develop a CiviCRM local community in Mexico, based on enlarging the demand (Civil Society Organizations that valued the system could pay for and use CiviCRM), the offer (IT providers and web-designers that could offer their knowledge, skills and services to these organizations at reasonable prices) and the links to the international CiviCRM community (understanding the steps towards expanding the outreach of the software and make its installation and usage more friendly in IT-scare contexts).
Well this is my first post on the CivCRM Blog and I am very honoured to have been given the privilege by David Greenberg. We are a CRM consulting company - meaning that we provide consulting and advice to companies who require a CRM system or who have a CRM system in place but want to know how to use it to its full capacity.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on July 3, 2013 - 21:01
I'm currently undertaking a vast overhaul of how our site (greenrenters.org) displays and handles events as they are our main interaction point with the public. I'll document what I learn in a series of blog posts and here's the first.